Master gardeners are trained volunteers with gardening backgrounds ranging from hobbyist to professional, from beginner to experienced and from young adult to senior citizen. The common bond is a love of gardening, learning and sharing.
After training, master gardeners serve as a resource with University of Missouri Extension to give county residents research-based answers to their gardening questions. Voluntarism is at the heart of the master gardener program, but members rate camaraderie and learning opportunities as important reasons for participating.
Master Gardeners complete 30 hours of volunteer service following their initial training, working on approved projects in the community. Subsequent years require master gardeners to complete 20 hours of volunteer service.
Lincoln County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Lincoln County Extension Center. Call 636-462-5782 for more information on how to become a Master Gardener.